Power Macintosh G4 Cube
CPU: PowerPC 7400
CPU Speed: 450/500 MHz
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Data Path: 64 bit
ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM
RAM Type: PC100
Minimum RAM Speed: 100 MHz
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 3
Maximum RAM: 1.5 GB
Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction
Level 2 Cache: 1 MB backside, 1:2
Expansion Slots: 2x AGP (filled)
Video Card/Chipset: ATI RAGE 128 Pro
VRAM: 16 MB
Max Resolution: all resolutions supported
Video Out: VGA/DVI, ADC
Hard Drive: 20/30/60 GB
ATA Bus: ATA-66
Optical Drive: DVD-ROM or CD-RW
Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini, via USB amplifier
Speaker: stereo, via USB amplifier
Modem: 56 kbps
Gestalt ID: 406
Power: 200 Watts
Dimensions: 10" H x 8" W x 8" D
Weight: 28.7 lbs.
Maximum OS: 10.4.11
Minimum OS: 9.0.4
Introduced: August 2000
Terminated: July 2001
Announced in July 2000, the PowerMac G4 Cube introduced a dramatic new
case design. Housed in an 8x8x8 cube, the G4 Cube combined the elegance of
the iMac with the power of the PowerMac G4. The G4 Cube was a foray into
the business market, as well as an answer to those who wanted an iMac-like
machine, with more choice in monitors.
The Cube traded expandability for its diminutive size: There were no PCI
slots, and while the Graphics was fit into an 2x AGP slot, there wasn't
room for full-length AGP cards. With the exception of PCI expansion, the
Cube was as versatile as it's larger G4 cousin: Three RAM slots, an
AirPort slot, and two USB and FireWire ports.
One gripe many people had with the Cube was its lack of conventional Audio
input and output. Instead, it came with an external USB amplifier and a
set of Harman Kardon speakers. The amplifier had a standard mini-plug
headphone output, but there was no mic included, and having USB as the
only sound-input option was considered limiting by many.
Shortcomings aside, the Cube was a remarkable feat of engineering, crammed
inside an elegant case. The Cube shipped to retail markets with a 450 MHz
G4 processor, a 20 GB hard drive, a 56 kbps modem, 64 MB of RAM, and Apple
s Pro Mouse, for $1799. Another configuration was available through the
Apple Store, with a 500 MHz G4, a 30 GB hard drive and 128 MB of RAM, for
$2299. Gigabit Ethernet was available as a BTO option.
The Cube was not nearly the success that Apple had hoped it would be. The
consensus was that Apple had misjudged the market, making the Cube an
expensive "luxury" computer instead of a cheaper monitor-less iMac. In
december the low-end configuration received a price cut to $1499. In
February 2001, The cube received a feature and price change. The low-end
configuration was repriced at $1299. A "better" configuration was made
available, with a CD-RW drive and 128 MB of RAM, for $1599. Finally, the
high-end version got a 60 GB hard drive, 256 MB of RAM, a CD-RW drive and
an 32 MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX video card, and sold for $2199.
The PowerMac G4 Cube was never officially discontinued, but in July 2001
Apple suspended production of the Cube indefinitely. While leaving the
door open for a possible reintroduction of the enclosure, Apple quickly
and quietly let the world forget the disappointing failure of the G4 Cube.
Apple Introduces Revolutionary G4
Power Mac G4 Cube Delivers G4 Performance in an Eight Inch Cube
MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK—July 19, 2000—Apple® today introduced the Power
Mac™ G4 Cube, an entirely new class of computer that delivers the
performance of a Power Mac G4 in an eight inch cube suspended in a
stunning crystal-clear enclosure. The G4 Cube is less than one fourth the
size of most PCs, yet houses a 450 MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity
Engine™ that reaches supercomputer speeds of over three billion
calculations per second (Gigaflops).
“The G4 Cube is simply the coolest computer ever,” said Steve Jobs,
Apple’s CEO. “An entirely new class of computer, it marries the
Pentium-crushing performance of the Power Mac G4 with the miniaturization,
silent operation and elegant desktop design of the iMac. It is an amazing
engineering and design feat, and we’re thrilled to finally unveil it to
The Power Mac G4 Cube uses a revolutionary cooling design that does not
require a fan, so it runs in virtual silence. Cooling is provided by the
air flowing through the Cube’s center vertical cooling channel. In
addition, the Cube’s entire electronics assembly can be easily lifted out
of its enclosure within seconds, providing access to every major component
and allowing the easy addition of memory or an AirPort™ card.
The G4 Cube includes a 450 MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
(configurable to 500 MHz through the Apple Store); 64MB of memory
expandable to 1.5GB; 20GB of storage (configurable up to 40GB through the
Apple Store); a slot-loading DVD drive on the top of the G4 Cube for easy
access; two FireWire® and two USB ports; 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K
The Power Mac G4 Cube comes complete with Apple’s new optical mouse and
pro keyboard, as well as a pair of Apple designed Harman Kardon speakers.
The Apple Pro Mouse provides precise positioning without a mouse pad on
almost any surface, an ergonomic full surface button and a comfortable
elliptical shape. Apple is the first company to provide an optical mouse
standard with all of its desktop systems. The sleek new Apple Pro Keyboard
offers full-size function, navigation, volume control and disc eject keys,
as well as two USB ports.
The G4 Cube also comes preinstalled with Apple’s iMovie™ 2, the next
version of the world’s most popular, easy-to-use consumer digital video
editing software. iMovie 2 features a refined user interface that’s even
easier to use, dramatically improved audio editing capabilities, enhanced
controls for titles and transitions, and new effects such as speeding up
or slowing down video clips, adding sepia tone and creating soft focus.
Apple today also unveiled a completely new family of displays that are the
perfect complement to the new G4 Cube. The new displays include: the 17
inch (16 inch viewable) Apple Studio Display CRT; the 15 inch Apple Studio
Display flat panel and the 22 inch Apple Cinema Display™, the largest
all-digital flat panel ever brought to market. Each display incorporates
three advances to clean up the desktop cable mess:
Each display is powered from the computer, eliminating a separate power
Each has a two port powered USB hub for convenient connection to desktop
USB devices, such as keyboards, USB speakers and digital cameras; and
Each utilizes the Apple Display Connector, an innovative new cable and
connector which carries analog and digital video signals, USB data and
display power over a single cable and connector.
Pricing and Availability
The 450 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube will be available in early August through
the Apple Store (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers for $1,799
(US). A 500 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube will be available through the Apple
Store for $2,299 (US).
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